Japanese and American Governments Jointly Declare China is a Threat

Japanese and American Governments Jointly Declare China is a Threat
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「中国は脅威」日米が宣言したも同然…政府筋
June 22, 2011

After repeated delays, Japan and America held a joint security conference for the first time in four years. Its highlights were discussions of how to respond to China, which has caused friction with its repeated excursions into the Pacific Ocean, and the abandonment of the planned 2014 deadline for the American Marines’ withdrawal from their base in Futenma, Okinawa.

The instability of the Japanese government caused the previous delays.

“We don’t mean to single out China, but the governments of Japan and the United States agree that it is a threat.”

That is how the Japanese government explained the core of the bilateral statement.

The preface of the two countries’ joint statement about regional peace strategy said that “in addition to becoming more unpredictable, China is threatening to alter space, sea, and cyberspace,” that its challenges to the international community are a “threat,” and that “everyone knows that the country that is worrying the other nations in the region the most is China.”

Comparisons of Joint Japan-U.S. Security Declarations in Recent Years
North Korea
2005: Maintain peace on the Korean continent. Try to peacefully resolve North Korean development of nuclear weapons and missiles and its abduction of Japanese citizens.

2007: Have six-party talks with North Korea and carry out the terms of the September 2005 peace treaty. Establish normal diplomatic relationships between North Korea and Japan and the U.S., in part by resolving the abduction incidents.

2011: Restrict North Korean saber-rattling. Through incontrovertible agreements and full investigations of its uranium program, ensure the country will not go nuclear. Resolve the issues of territorial expansion, ballistic missiles, illegal activity, and kidnapping. Support peaceful unification with South Korea.

China
2005: Welcome China as a country with responsibilities and a constructive role in the region and the world. Encourage its military to be more transparent. Encourage a peaceful resolution to its standoff with Taiwan.

2007: Encourage China to act like a responsible stakeholder in international affairs, to have a more transparent military, and to have consistency between its official statements and its actual behavior.

2011: Establish trust between China, Japan, and the U.S. as well as consistent borders for China. Establish constructive roles and more responsibility for China as it becomes increasingly prosperous. Encourage China to respect international standards of conduct. As its military becomes more modern, encourage it to be more open, transparent, and reliable.

Peace on the Seas
2005: Maintain peace on the seas

2011: Prevent and exterminate piracy to protect freedom of trade on the seas. Advance international laws and agreements to ensure liberty on trading routes and safety of sea transport

First-Time Topics in 2011
Japanese-American cooperation to protect space and cyberspace
Precautions against disasters and strengthening of international cooperation on disaster relief
Promoting the highest level of safety possible for the nuclear power used for people’s livelihood
Promoting diversification of energy and rare earth supplies

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度重なる延期の末、4年ぶりにようやく開かれた「日米安全保障協議委員会(2プラス2)」の協議の焦点は、地域と摩擦を起こしながら海洋進出を続ける中国への対応と、2014年の移設完了を正式に断念した沖縄の米軍普天間飛行場移設問題の扱いだった。

事前の調整では、日本側の政局の不安定さも影を落とした。

「名指しこそしていないが、『中国は脅威だ』と日米が宣言したも同然だ」

日本政府筋は共同声明の核心をこう解説した。

共通戦略目標の前提となる東アジアの安全保障環境について、共同声明の序文は、「ますます不確実になっている」としたうえで、「宇宙、公海及びサイバー空間などに対するその他の変化する脅威が含まれる」とし、国際社会に対する挑戦を「脅威」と位置づけた。「これらの分野で他国に最も懸念を与えているのは中国だ、と誰にでもわかる」(同筋)というわけだ。
(2011年6月22日09時15分 読売新聞)

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